It seems that more and more people who are entitled to vote don’t vote anymore. That is a growing problem as an increasing number of people aren’t making themselves ‘heard’ which makes it difficult for members in parliament to represent the interests of those people. Obviously, there can be several reasons why many people are or are turning into non-voters:
- Since the financial crises in 2008, people have lost confidence in many political parties and politicians
- Spending cuts, reforms, bail-outs to several hard-struck countries and banks have resulted in many job losses and have hit the taxpayer hard.
- High unemployment rates, declining housing prices, high mortgage rates and a stagnating and slowly growing economy ‘caused by wrong decisions made by political parties and politicians’.
The list can go on and on, but the three main points mentioned above are the most likely causes of people staying away of the ‘ballot box’. Many of those reasons are quite understandable and they are frequently mentioned on the news, television programmes, newspapers etc.
Although we are free to choose whether we vote or not, it is important that we do not forget that we live in a democracy which can only be effective if we take action by voting for a political party which best represent our interests.
Whilst a growing number of people are saying that their government is letting them down and that their interests are not heard or respected, they still expect that they (politicians) do the job for them even though it may not be a good one.
That in my opinion is a weak excuse for not voting as politicians (that are chosen by society) do their utmost best to represent the interest of their voters. This is of course a debatable topic, but I truly believe that politicians and political parties in governments are doing the best they can in order to move forward, improve and ‘actualising’ the interests of people who vote for them. Many may disagree with me, but the truth of the matter is that if we do not vote, our voices will never be heard, nor will our interests.
If we (society) want to move forward by creating a healthy and sustainable economy with secure jobs and a good healthcare system, then we must vote.